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Name: chemistry 1-week Intro near Mpls
School/Institution: Shakopee West Junior High School
Department/Unit: 10th Avenue East at Spencer Street South (SW corner)
City: Shakopee
State: MN
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
Teacher Level: High School
Description: This introduction to Modeling instruction in chemistry is NOT a full-fledged Modeling Workshop. It is for teachers worldwide who would like a taste of Modeling Instruction, to see its potential.

Dates: July 10-14, 2017.

Participants will be introduced to the Modeling Method, developed at Arizona State University, as a systematic approach to design of curriculum and instruction.  The modeling cycle is described at

This 1-week institute is not a full-fledged Modeling Workshop, but is a 40-hour introduction to Modeling Instruction in chemistry. Modeling Instruction is a complex transformative pedagogy. Experience has shown that most teachers require at least three weeks of intensive workshop to begin to implement it. Thus a follow-up 2- or 3-week Modeling Workshop is highly recommended to deepen and broaden one's understanding.

Chemistry Institute Goals
     The Modeling approach to chemistry is based on the particulate nature of matter.  We ask three fundamental questions about matter:
   1. How do we view matter?
   2. How does it behave?
   3. What is the role of energy in the changes we observe?
First we will introduce the Modeling approach to high school science instruction.  This methodology makes student thinking visible through white board presentations, Socratic questioning and peer review.  The second goal is to practice and enhance the current chemistry modeling curriculum.  Emphasis will be placed on the first 3 units.

Details of content:
     This 1-week institute concentrates on modeling pedagogy with an exposure to a particle approach (either atoms or molecules) to teaching chemistry:
* Physical Properties of Matter
* Energy and State of Matter
* Physical descriptions of substances.

We intend to offer a second week in summer 2018. It continues the use of modeling techniques and application of the particle model but focuses more on first year high school chemistry content, including:
*Counting particles too small to see
*Characterization of particles with internal structure
*Chemical equations

An overview of the 8 core units in chemistry is at the AMTA   webpage on curriculum storylines.

Click here to learn more about the Modeling Instruction Program and the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA) or visit to find information on Modeling Workshops nationwide and strategies to seek funding (if needed) to participate.
Start Date: 07/10/2017
End Date: 07/14/2017
Duration: One week - 8 hour/day workshop.
Application Deadline: 06/18/2017
Opportunity Website:
Application Link:
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: $500
Benefits: Professional Development/CEU
Benefit Explanation: Registration includes instructional materials, 1-year trial membership in the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA).

Flying? Shakopee is a suburb of Minneapolis, which has an international airport.
Other Prerequisites: 2 semesters of college-level chemistry are highly recommended.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Casey Rutherford, physics teacher
Shakopee High School
100 17th Ave W
Shakopee, MN 55379
Phone: 952-496-5152